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good morning. a responsibility to act. president obama defends his decision to involvele the u.s. military in libya but vowed our troops will not be used to overthrow moammar gadhafi by force. >> to be blunt, we went down that road in iraq. >> did the president say enough to quiet his critics? >> prince harry joins a punishing expedition to the north pole. we are with him live. >> and buried. a snow boarder crashes and becomes trapped upside down in six feet of snow.
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his helmet camera captured it all including a desperate call to his wife. >> i'm stuck in a tree well. give them my phone number. >> are you serious? >> i'm going to die if they don't find me. >> luckily, she did and he was finally rescued. he's sharing his story with us finally rescued. he's sharing his story with us today, tuesday, march 29, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm meredith vieira. >> i'm matt lauer. president obama vowed america's role would be limited in libya last night. he told the nation we had fulfilled the pledge, we had done what we said we would do. those are his words. >> the president said nato would take control on wednesday. as to why he involved the u.s. he said it was necessary to
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prevent a campaign of killing. how was the speech received in washington and libya? the latest ahead. >> and barry bonds' former mistress took the stand in his perjury trial giving graphic testimony about his alleged steroid use and what it apparently did to his body. details of the testimony coming up. >> plus a new memoir by one of john f. kennedy's former girlfriends unveiling intimate details including candid memories of their vacations and a near death experience on a kayaking trip. she'll tell us more in a live interview. >> we begin with president obama making his case for u.s. involvement in libya. chuck todd, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. the president used a 28-minute speech to make the case for limited military action in libya and took the opportunity to rebut critics left and right about how and whether to target gadhafi with the military.
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in total he used the framework of american values to make the case. >> the united states of america has done what we said we would do. >> reporter: explaining the case for military action in libya, the president said it was in america's national interest and the u.s. had a responsibility to act. >> to brush aside america's responsibility as a leader and more profoundly, our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances, would have been a betrayal of who we are. >> reporter: the president said failure to act would have carried a far greater price. >> the united states and the world faced a choice. gadhafi declared he would show no mercy to his own people. we knew if we waited one more day, benghazi, a city nearly the size of charlotte, could suffer a massacre that would have reverberate across the region and stained the conscience of
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the world. >> reporter: mr. obama declared the mission so far a success. >> i said america's role would be limited, that we would not put ground troops into libya, that we would focus our unique capabilities on the front end of the operation and we would transfer responsibility to our allies and partners. tonight we are fulfilling that pledge. >> reporter: the president said until gadhafi steps down, libya will remain dangerous, but he rejected the idea of using the military to target gadhafi comparing it to iraq and president bush's decision to go after saddam hussein. >> if we tried to overthrow gadhafi by force we would likely have to put u.s. troops on the ground to accomplish the mission, or risk killing many civilians from the air. to be blunt, we went down that road in iraq. the regime change there took eight years, thousands of american and iraqi lives and
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nearly a trillion dollars. that is not something we can afford to repeat in libya. >> reporter: the president ended with a broader focus on the uprisings throughout the middle east. >> the united states cannot dictate the pace and scope of the change. only the people of the region can do that. but we can make a difference. >> reporter: despite it being a foreign policy speech there are splits along partisan lines with republicans upset about the lack of timeline for an exit strategy and oveven john mccain upset. meredith? >> thank you very much. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel is in benghazi for us this morning. what's the reaction there to the president's speech? >> reporter: here in benghazi the reaction is positive.
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the president said he wanted to act militarily before there were images of mass graves. those graves would have been filled with the people of benghazi. here, a feeling of gratitude and a sense that the military intervention came at the last moment. gadhafi's forces were inside benghazi attacking the city. if the military air strikes had been delayed 10, 12, 14 hours benghazi probably would have been lost. >> and the rebels are making their way toward gofd's hometown of sirte. what progress has been made and what's the importance of sirte to the rebels? >> reporter: sirte is important. if it falls, gadhafi's hometown, a military garcrison town then the rebels will be near tripoli. gadhafi's forces overnight pushed the rebels back several
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miles. gadhafi's troops are dug in. they are preparing for a final stand. it's increasingly clear that without more western intervention, more powerful military strikes the rebels aren't going to take sirte. there is a new dynamic here. this entire military war, if you will, was launched to protect the people of benghazi. now there is a dynamic where the people of benghazi, the rebels, are advancing on a civilian population in sirte which opposes them. >> thank you very much. susan rice is u.s. ambassador to the united nations. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> last night the president laid out his case for military action in libya. he said we went to protect civilians there from essentially a bloodbath. it seems the mission has gone beyond that. nobody has used the word "war" but there is a civil war going on in libya and we have taken
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the side of the rebels. has the mission changed from a humanitarian one to something different? >> no, meredith. the mission is clear. the mandate from the united nations security council and the international community is clear. that is to protect civilians and establish a no-fly zone. as a consequence of our action in conjunction with our nato allies and arab partners, probably tens of thousands of people have been saved in benghazi and other cities in the east that were at risk of being overrun by gadhafi and his brutal forces. >> we are not just protecting civilians, we are helping rebels to advance. >> we are protecting civilians in the way we clearly described as we worked for the mandate for the international community and security council. gadhafi used air power, tanks and heavy artillery to attack civilians. he continues to do so in cities like miserata and elsewhere. what we are doing with partners
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in the arab world and nato is prevent him from using heavy weapons to attack civilians in urban locations. >> ambassador, there was a split in the administration about what to do in libya, how to handle the crisis. you were among those who supported the no-fly zone. defense secretary gates had doubts as recently as sunday. he said he doesn't believe libya is vital to our national security interest. how does this administration pick and choose who gets the backing of the u.s. military? >> first of all, all of the members of the president's national security team were united behind the president's decision to take action. when the president laid out the case for that clearly yesterday. had we not acted tens of thousands of people would have been killed. we had a request from the libyan people from the arab league. we had an international mandate. we had the ability to do so without putting u.s. forces on the ground. excuse me just one second.
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in the region that is very strategically important to the united states. we are not going to view each country in the region as one and the same. they are quite different. the circumstances are unique. our actions would be unique. this is not a cookie cutter model. what transpired in libya is unique to the fact that we have a dictator who threatened his people, called them cockroaches and rats, threatened to go door to door on a scale of violence we haven't seen anywhere else in the region. frankly, we felt, as the president said clearly last night, to have allowed him to overrun his people, to allow him to spill refugees into the fragile countries on the borders, egypt and tunisia, and to have done nothing at this moment of democratic awakening in the united states would have been threatening to united states values and interests.
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>> defense secretary gates said he didn't believe libya was of vital interest to the u.s. there are probablile people in syria and yemen wondering, what about us? >> if you look at secretary gates' statement he said we have important interests in libya and vital strategic interests there. >> do you not see the same situation down the road in syria and yemen? >> each country is very different and the dynamics are different. the scale of violence is nothing of the sort we have seen in libya where you have a leader who has, in fact, killed in the past 1,000 of his own people in a day and threatened to go door to door to do the same in a city, the president said last night, the size of charlotte, north carolina. that would have been antithetical and inconsistent with the values of the american people. it would be naive and unwise to assume the same approach applies
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in each. >> ambassador susan rice, thank you very much for your time. >> thank you. >> now once again, here's matt. >> thank you. tom brokaw is here with his take on president obama's address and what comes next in libya. so much was made over the eight years of the bush presidency about the bush doctrine. last night, was it the laying out of the obama doctrine? >> i think it was. he said to the american people, this is why we got involved. these are the terms of our involvement. where we can expect to go from here. it opens other questions. ambassador rice said other countries are different. it's not hard to imagine things getting wildly out of control in syria. we have lots of interests in that part of the world as well. >> let's play a sound bite. you tell me if it puts the president in a box in the near future. take a listen. apparently -- >> some nations may be able to
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turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. the united states of america is different. as president, i refuse to wait for images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action. >> let's go back to your comment. syria, bahrain, yemen, the next or darfur, the next rwanda. does he have to act in those cases? >> this is the beginning, not the end of something. that's important and it cries out for a national bipartisan review of our policies in the middle east and our stakes there. it ought to be the second act we see quickly coming here before too long. we are not hearing from the saudis. we are getting support from the united arab emirates. a lot of people holding cards close to the vest now. we have big stake there is, primarily because of oil. >> you mentioned something this
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morning. you said in your memory you can't remember a time when a president faced a con influenfl events like this. >> in my adult life and as a reporter, you have a president with two wars underway, he's engaged in what's a third war. the world's third largest economy, japan, has been good afternoonly wounded by earthquake, tsunami and a nuclear melttown. one of the members of the security team said i'm morer worried about that than libya. here at home we have a recession we cannot completely get out of yet and political problems over the budget in washington. all of that has arrived at the oval office at the same time. when presidents get elected it's their job to take on the big assignments, the big challenges. few have come as swiftly as these have from unexpected circumstances.
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>> tom, always good to have you here to lend your perspective. >> okay. >> 14 minutes after the hour. let's check on the top stories from ann. now i can see you over at the news desk. >> thank you very much. good morning, everybody. as tom mentioned he talked about japan's nightmare which worsened. trace amounts of plutonium, one of the most dangerous substances, are seeping into the soil around the plant crippled by the earthquake. hundreds of tons of contaminated water are slowing efforts to get the plant under control. lee cowan is on the scene in tokyo. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, ann. engineers say they need to keep pumping water into the reactors to prevent a fulle scale meltdown, but that's increasing the amount of radioactive water they have to pump out. that's an uncomfortable problem that engineers haven't been able to solve. in this village to the north of the troubled reactors, it looks
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like a ghost town. shops are closed. residents are checked for radiation routinely, especially after traces of potentially deadly plutonium were found in the soil just outside the fukushima plant, evidence of at least a partial meltdown. [ speaking in a foreign language ] >> reporter: it's an invisible disaster, this man says. if fight the hard. it's hard not only because of the labor but because a workable solution to get control of the reactors has yet to be reached. temperatures in number 1 rose to a high level today but was brought down after dousing it with water. the more coolant poured on the fuel rods the more radioactive water leaks out posing a threat to the soil and ocean water nearby. the government spokesman called it a delicate balancing act but offered little in way of a new plan to attack the problem. focusing on the fact that power
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has been restored meaning more accurate readings can be taken. they say it is a natural disaster, but preparations for the worst were not enough, this man said. in a way, it is a manmade disaster. ann, it will be up to man to solve. they insist the priority remains keeping the reactors cool, even if it means creating a dangerous byproduct in the process. >> lee, thank you. also in the news, tens of thousands of syrians are showing support for their president after dozens were killed in anti-government protests. in egypt, the ruling party says hosni mubarak and his family aren't allowed to leave. the battle over collective bargaining rights in wisconsin heads to court today. scott walker claims a law went
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into effect on friday. they need to clarify whether walker's administration can begin impremeanting the cuts. the u.s. supreme court will hear arguments against walmart today to decide if the class action lawsuit can proceed. it involves at least 500,000 women who claim the retail giant favored men for the workplace advancement and higher pay. it would be the largest job discrimination suit ever if it proceeds. and the human spider-man has scaled the world's highest tower. alan robert took only 26 hours to climb the building in dubai, even scrambling up the spire. it is now 7:18. let's go back to matt and meredith. i wonder if there is a broadway show he'd like to do. >> they have enough problems.
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>> here at home, we are off to a quiet start. temperatures in the upper 20's and low 30's. pretty nice afternoon, mostly sunny is our forecast. sunny is our forecast. meredith, back to you. >> taking a break from his royal
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wedding duties, prince harry is joining a group of wounded servicemen in the charity to the north pole. ben fogel is there with the details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, meredith. from a freezing cold svalbard, i can barely think it's so cold. while prince william and kate middleton carry on with wedding preparations, prince harry is off on an adventure of his own. prince harry touched down to join a group of injured british soldiers for parts of the world record attempt to trek 200 miles unaided to the north pole. the third in line to the throne will be joining four british servicemen injured in battle as they attempt to raise $3 million for charity. prince harry has something in common with them. having served in afghanistan himself. here the soldiers see him not only as prince harry but also as
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lieutenant wales. >> he's been on operations. >> reporter: too highlight the importance the prince has snagged the front cover of this month's british "gq" magazine with two special edition covers. the soldiers want to prove injury is no barrier in life. they have been packing with all the provisions they need for the three-week trek. even the clothing was specially adapted for their injuries. the team will face serious dangers on the polar ice. >> we have open water, thin ice and then, of course, polar bears. >> reporter: prince harry will have to man up with the others. no royal excuses here. >> this is the great equalizer. we're all just individuals out here. if we're well prepared we'll be okay. >> reporter: this weekend harry flawlessly organized his brother's secret bachelor party. sneaking the event past the british press. now these temperatures ranging
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from 10 below to minus 60 are sure to blow away a lingering hangover. if the temperatures don't do it, his teammates have a suggestion. the royal family has been in the spotlight in the lead up to the royal wedding. for one royal it's a chance to escape the gaze of the press, for a while at least. in one of the earth's most remote environments. and what if a week isn't enough? might he continue to the north pole? >> selfishly, i would imagine it would cause a ruckus. >> reporter: if prince harry does carry on to the north pole, something tells me he'll hear from his soon to be sister in law, his grandmother the queen, and his almost girlfriend chelsea davy. >> trust me. he's coming home. thank you very much.
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just ahead, emotional testimony from barry bonds' mistress in the perjury trial and the temper she says he displayed while allegedly taking steroids. >> and the latest on the search for the escaped cobra at the bronx zoo after your local news.
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that is cleared and all lanes are open, but still looking at a jam packed ride. mulberry street at pulaski highway, another accident coming into us. one at old court and greens lane. if you are traveling on the north or the west side, that is -- you looking at volume-related delays. pasadena, another accident to avoid at ritchie highway. some of these delays are starting to filter through. this is at moravia, where the accident was. live view of traffic and a contest at 95 just north of the beltway. that is the pace of things as you make your way southbound. tony, over to you. >> we are off to a quiet start. it is going to be a pretty nice day today, although it is cold at the present time. 30 in westminster. forecast for today, mostly sunny skies. the to the upper 50's, below
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average for this time of year. we will be stuck in the 40's all the way to the beginning of the weekend. chancellor light rain or snow each day. -- for a light rain or snow each day. it is hard to make it stick this time of year. monday, we expect high temperatures in the 50's. >> check the bottom of your screen for updated news and traffic information. back at 7:55 with another live update.
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7:30 now on a tuesday morning, the 29th day of march 2011. got a big spring break crowd out on the plaza enjoying the beautiful day. only 32 degrees out there. spring off to a slow start in the northeast. hopefully warmer where you are waking up. we'll go out to sayle good morning to those people in a little bit when meredith warms up. >> i'm hot, honey. >> okay. coming up, a snowboarder filming with run with a helmet camera
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fell head first into a tree well. he managed to answer a well-timed call from his wife. his story coming up in a little while. >> looks scary. and john f. kennedy's former girlfriend is opening up about their relationship, the good and the bad. what it was like to date one of the world's most eligible bachelors. >> also ahead, details on a search for a poisonous egyptian cobra that's been missing for a day or so from the bronx zoo in new york. we'll find out how they are doing in the search. we begin with graphic testimony from the star witness at the perjury trial of baseball great barry bonds. his former mistress took the stand and miguel almaguer was in the courtroom. what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning. prosecutors say barry bonds lied to a grand jury about using steroids. on monday we heard what may have
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been the most damaging testimony so far. it came from bonds' former mistress of nine years who seemed to hold nothing back. facing federal charges that could lead to prison time, barry bonds faced his ex-girlfriend in court. kimberly bell testified bonds told her he used steroids as early as 1999. bell says bonds claimed he didn't shoot up like body builders and didn't do it all the time but said players used steroids to get ahead. the explosive testimony was graphic. bell said bonds lost his hair, developed acne, became bloated, couldn't perform sexually and that his male anatomy became, quote, smaller and an unusual shape. out of a hollywood script you had a pretty starlet-looking-type woman who was the mistress of mr. bonds for years. it was a bitter break-up. she sought publicity.
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>> reporter: she became emotional on the stand talking about his alleged temper. he was increase bli aggressive, irritable, angle vated, very impatient sh almost violent. she said, he threatened to cut off my head and leave me in a ditch also saying he would cut off her breast implants because he paid for them. >> the trial changed today. bell had dramatic testimony that points to bonds' steroid use. >> reporter: bell admitted bonds gave her money to buy a home and cash to pay bills. she said bonds ended the relationship in 2003 with one word -- disappear. bell then posed for playboy and tried to shop a book about her ex-lover. >> the defense pounded her hard on her motivations for testifying. there is no doubt she tried to  profit from her relationship with barry bonds.
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>> a high fly ball, right center field. >> reporter: bonds is baseball's all-time homerun king, a legacy now in question. over his major league career his body changed dramatically. as a rookie he weighs 185 pounds, 21 years later in his final season, bonds weighed 240 pounds. the 14-time all-star has always denied knowingly using steroids but his reputation is already tarnished. this courthouse is just across town from the baseball stadium where bonds set so many records. it's unclear if he'll testify, but later today, matt, two other pro baseball players are expected to take the stand. >> miguel almaguer, thank you very much. it's 34 past the hour. here's meredith. >> thank you. a man in northern california is lucky to be alive after a
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terrifying snowboarding accident. his crash and eventual rescue were captured on helmet cam. tamron hall joins us. >> it happened last week. james drummond was buried in snow six feet deep upside down. luckily the camera was rolling and his phone was on. playing it up for the camera james hit the slopes for a day of snowboarding with no idea of the nightmare he would soon be facing. >> i was positive i was going to die. >> reporter: his typical run on the mountain turned scary very quickly. he fell head first into a tree well packed with snow at the base of a tree. as he came to, his camera revealed the terrible situation he was in. buried alive, upside down in six feet of snow. he struggled for 20 minutes to reach his cell phone. >> dug straight down to my
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pocket. by the time i got down, my fingers felt like they were about that fat around. >> reporter: just as he found the cell phone, a call came through, his wife on the line. >> i'm stuck in a tree well. give them my phone number. >> are you serious? >> i'm going to die if they don't find me. >> are you serious? >> call them! >> where are you? >> give them my number! >> reporter: although he was stuck, drummond knew he could help ski pale troll find him. >> i knew the mountain. i knew where i was. >> reporter: first came the call. [ phone ringing ] >> hello? >> reporter: then 30 terrifying minutes later, the rescue. >> i heard somebody say "i found him". >> we got him! >> reporter: remarkably, drummond was fine.
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he snowboarded down on his own but said watching the video isn't easy. >> hard to watch. it's a little embarrassing, too. i was really scared, you know? >> reporter: when he crashed he said he was instantly reminded of a snowboarderer who died at the park in february. he said he hopes the scare will educate others to take necessary safety precautions when hitting the slopes. meredith? >> certainly shouldn't be embarrassed. that was frightening. thank you so much. now a check of the weather from maria la rosa in for al. >> announcer: today's weather brought to you by soma vanishing edge panties and bras. >> a great crowd, great spring break crowd here. [ cheers and applause ] >> we have visitors all the way from san diego. ready to go back? >> we're freezing! >> frozen or not, new york is fabulous. stormy weather going on. we have mountain snows and heavy
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back at 7:41. more than a million marriages in this country will end in divorce this year. for the wealthy like the founder of paypal it can be a bitter showdown over every last dollar. cnbc looked into some of the highest profile, high stakes divorces for a special that premieres tonight. melissa francis joins us. good morning. >> incredible cases. in many cases it seemed the couples had more money than anybody could spend. that didn't stop the breakups from exploding into messy, expensive divorce wars. to understand how a divorce war can escalate we spoke to justice, a participant in a multi-million dollar divorce war. in october 2010 justine's divorce is labeled america's messiest. her ex-husband is a hugely successful entrepreneur worth
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hundreds of millions of dollars. she met him in college before he made all that money. >> we were both in the apartment with two dogs and three roommates and a really squalid kitchen. >> reporter: shortly after selling his first start up company they are married. he then sells paypal, the internet payment company for $1.5 billion. from there he creates the rocket company and tesla, the electric car company. >> i had the sense of being relegated and sidelined. kind of a trophy wife feeling. >> reporter: by 2008 they live in bell air with five boys under the age of five. that's when the end comes. >> i went to my therapist's office. he had left a message for her to tell me that he was filing for divorce. >> reporter: the divorce is filed in california, a community property state meaning justine
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is entitled to half of the family's net worth estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars. as the divorce proceedings unfold, justine understands that's not the case because of a document she signed eight weeks after they were married. at some point you signed a post nup? >> at the time i trusted my husband. i trusted that he wouldn't do anything that would put me in harm's way. >> reporter: the agreement which they were working on before the marriage with an independent mediator essentially supercedes california law. justine believes the contract is unfair and argues that he misrepresents his wealth. a judge disagrees. and the divorce war goes public. justine writes in her blog that she's asking for $6 million in cash, stock in the companies and a tesla roadster. elan says he previously offered her $80 million and paid $4
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millionle in accounting and legal fees. they end the war. >> looking back at the wedding day, what do you wish you knew then that you know now? >> i wish i had understood that marriage, when you take away the romantic part of it that it is a business contract. it's a power relationship like any other business relationship. >> reporter: in the settlement, justine gets the bell air mansion and an undisclosed sum. she had money to fight. many can't afford to take on their spouses. we found a company to pay for your lawyer, investigator and living expenses for a percent. they will stake you along the way for a percent. >> do they speak at all? how are they raising the children? >> they were communicating by e-mail. one detail we had when they broke up he called the therapist and left a message on her
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machine saying that's how we are breaking up. >> that's how you do it in the 21st century? >> i guess. >> appreciate it, melissa. you can see divorce wars tonight on cnbc. up next, the elusive and deadly cobra that's missing from the bronx zoo. we're live with the latest on the search right after this. man: everybody knows you should save for retirement, but what happens when you're about to retire? woman: how do you go from saving to spending? fidelity helped us get to this point, and now we're talking about what comes next. man: we worked together to create a plan to help our money last. woman: so we can have the kind of retirement we want. now, you know how this works. just stay on the line. oh, yeah. fidelity investments. turn here. ♪
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back now with the latest on the search for a venomous egyptian cobra missing from the bronx zoo in new york. peter alexander is there. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. we appreciate this assignment today. more than heights, more than spiders, more than the dark, the one thing americans fear most are snakes which makes the story that much more unsettling. again today, zoo keepers will head into the reptile house in search of the cobra that's been missing now for four days. if you are anything like me you
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would probably prefer to cover the story from here, but way down below there is a potentially deadly cobra missing. what do you think? >> we'll be leaving soon. >> reporter: it may not be "snakes on a plane". >> i have had it with these monkey fighting snakes on this monday to friday plane! >> reporter: the venomous snake that will look like this managed to slither out of its enclosure. as soon as zoo keepers noticed the 20-inch snake was gone the reptile house was closed and secured. that was friday afternoon. the cobra hasn't been seen since. >> what did your mom say when you said you were going to the zoo. >> they didn't catch the cobra yet. that's not a good idea. >> reporter: the zoo director said it's like fishing. put the hook in the water and wait. the snake, just monthsle old and
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pencil thin is likely hiding in the reptile house, somewhere it feels safe. i'm glad she does. >> the egyptian cobra can be dangerous. these animals have very strong venom, strong enough to kill a human being. that's the bad news. the good news is they are not particularly aggressive and really will only bite if they feel threatened. >> reporter: cobra bites can be deadly if they go untreated. an egyptian legend is the kind of snake cleopatra used to commit suicide. >> the taste of these is sharp, swiftly over. >> reporter: hollywood has been tapping into it for years from "anaconda" to "indiana jones." today this real life reptile has snaked its way into the spotlight. even steve martin, who once paid tribute to the boy king, tweeted an egyptian cobra escaped and is hiding in the bronx zoo. i'm sitting in my king tut hat
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by the phone awaiting their call for help. ♪ >> reporter: always good to have some king tut in a story like this. how do you catch a cobra? the zoo director said you wait until it gets thirsty or hungry. that's when it starts moving around the building. the zoo director said it could take days or weeks to find. >> peter, thank you very much. takes that long before it gets hungry? >> they are pretty sure it's in the warm building because it's freezing in new york. >> the cobra has a twitter page with 18,000 followers. want an example of a tweet? leaving wall street, these guys make my skin crawl. that's the cobra, not me. >> very cute. >> we'll be back after news and weather. ♪
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. time for another check of the morning commute. here is the sarah caldwell. >> still dealing with a lot of delays around the area. southbound 95 past moravia road, still jammed up even though the accident is gone, all the way to approaching the beltway. on the inner loop approaching 140, reisterstown road, we have an accident reported there. 10 miles per hour on the inner
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loop. we accident as well on old court and greens lane. mulberry and pulaski highway, vehicle into a pole their very ninth miles per hour on it northeast side all the way towards the harrisburg expressway. j.f.x. delay developing and coldspring. northbound route 2 at pasadena road, crashed in pasadena. show you what it looks like in old court. delays in place at both loop. we will switch over to a live view of traffic in the area of 95. southbound traffic, still delays, starting to improve. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> plenty of sunshine destroyed the day to day. it will be with us all the way through the afternoon. might now in the 20's and low 30's. 29 in jarrettsville. the forecast for today, mostly sunny. high temperatures this afternoon
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sneaking into the low 50s. next couple of days, chancellor light rain or snow each day going into the weekend. high temperatures in the 40's. >> back at 8:25 with another live update.
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8:00 on this tuesday morning, the 29th of march 2011. you are looking at the cherry blossoms in washington, d.c., jefferson memorial in the distance. i have never ever been to washington, d.c. >> come on, it's beautiful. >> after the show, jump on the train and get there. >> i can't today. >> tomorrow. >> i'm going away tomorrow. >> you're going to miss them. >> it's lovely in new york. we have a great crowd in rockefeller plaza. as we turn the camera to see the smiles on their faces. i'm meredith vieira alongside
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matt lauer. just ahead a revealing glimpse into the life of john f. kennedy, jr. nearly 12 years after his tragic death his former girlfriend of five years has a new memoir about the relationship. it's about two young people in love. she reveals a side that few people knew. several intimate details in the book, but it's not a tawdriy tale. it's sweet. it's about the man he was then, his mom and family. it's lovely. >> also ahead, teenagers are all about social media -- twitter and facebook. doctors are actually warning that if your teen is too involved with social media your teen could suffer from something they have labeled -- i don't know that the people of facebook would like it, but they are labeling it facebook depression. we'll explain what it is and what parents should be on the lookout for. >> and on a different note, how far we have come from today show girls to the women of today sharing memories of our first 60
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years. >> cool. lots to get to in this half hour. let's go inside to say hello to ann curry. >> hello to you this morning. in the news, u.s. forces have fired on a libyan coast guard ship and two smaller vessels after they launched missiles in the port of misrata. the ground forces have stopped the advance on sirte, a gateway to the capitol city. secretary of state hillary clinton met in london before a 40-nation summit on libya. last night president obama said he used military force in libya to prevent a slaughter of civilians and not to target moammar gadhafi. critics say he left too many unanswered questions about the long-term u.s. goal in libya. the discovery of toxic plutonium outside japan's damaged nuclear power plant is increasing pressure on officials
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to expand the evacuation zone. meantime france is helping to deal with the radioactive water created by efforts to cool the reactors. jimmy carterer meets today with cuban leader raul castro in havana. carter is on a private three-day mission to improve relations between cuba and the united states. he met with jewish leaders and the cardinal. u.s. consumer spending rose by .7% in february, the eighth monthly gain in a row. much of the increase covered the higher cost of food and gasol e gasoline. a new study says the federal government could save billions by raising the medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67. the kaiser family foundation warns 65 and 66-year-olds would have to pay about $2,000 more each year for health insurance. states and employers would also face higher costs.
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and the heroism on the store front for an iraq war veteran. canadian purcell lunged over the counter. the gunman and his accomplice fled. it was an air powered pellet gun but the ownerer of the store is grateful. it's 8:03. now back out to matt and meredith. >> are you warmer? >> a little bit. come on back. this mom named her daughter after you because she used to watch you in rhode island and loved the name. >> oh! she was pregnant with her while she watched you. >> really? that's so sweet. i'm honored. >> nice to see you. >> we made that up. >> really? >> no, no. it's serious. al is off. we have maria la rosa here.
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take it away. >> all right. i will. we'll continue to feel the love. this couple's been married 25 years. any secrets? >> yeah. >> humor. >> humor. >> welcome to new york. it's definitely chilly but we are seeing chilly temperatures across the great lakes. we are headed to detroit, our today pick city. sunny and cold, high near 40 degrees. flurries to the mid section but severe storms possible from texas to alabama. sunshine in california and the rain and snow continue in the northwest. >> looks like today is going to turn out to be a nice day. warmer than yesterday, but still below average. high temperature in the lower end of the fifties.
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back at 8:42. it's been 12 years since john f. kennedy was killed in a plane crash. he was fondly known as america's prince and holds a place in the hearts of many including a former girlfriend who has written about their former relationship. we'll talk to her in a moment. first, their story. he was born in the public eye. a little boy who made the white house his own and enchanted a nation along the way. as he later told nbc news -- >> my family photo album in my head is shared by a lot of people. so it's an unusual connection to have with other folks. >> reporter: his dreamlike childhood was ended with the assassination of his father john f. kennedy. his mother epitomized grace in her determination to carry on. john grew up on new york's upper
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east side and one of his first loves was the girl next door. christina haag met him in high school. they became close friends attending brown university. it was in their 20s that they reconnected while acting in an off broadway play, a performance which led to them falling in love off and on stage. it proved to be a pass to one of america's most intriguing families. author and actress christina haag is with us now. her new memoir is called "come to the edge." first of all, i have to correct the time. it's 8:11. sorry about that. you dated jfk and kept diaries throughout the time. what made you decide to come out with the book now? >> i had always written since i was in grade school. it was always my way of processing things and understanding things. after he died, many memories came back.
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they were very present and i wanted to hold onto them and let them go. it was healing to write the book. >> it has to be hard because it's intimate as well. >> it is. >> why would you want to share that? >> i think memoir is intimate. it was important to really capture what the experience was like. >> you got to know him in junior high. you knew his sister caroline for years before that. what was he like at that age? >> he was charming. >> even then? >> yeah. a little awkward. when we first met it was at a party at his mother's house at 1040 5th avenue. the boys were on one side of the room. the girls were on the other and they were throwing water balloons out the window. he was particularly excited about that. >> not the hunk though. he was gangly. >> a little bit.
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that changed quickly. >> you were house mates at brown. >> yes. >> and you went out after college. how did the relationship begin to turn from friendship to romance? >> it was about ten years after we met. we were doing a play in new york called "winters." it's about two teenagers who fall in love. there was a kiss in the play and then one night he said to me, i would like to kiss you for real this time. that was the beginning. but i think we always had a crush on each other or what he called a sneaker. i have had a sneaker for you. he called it the longest courtship ever. >> was he a romantic guy? >> he was. i remember one time he left red roses tied to my bicycle. two dozen roses and an unsigned card that said "you rule my world." he didn't like ringing the bell to by brownstone. he would climb to the planter
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and the balcony. i liked that entrance as well. >> you still get a twinkle in your eye. >> he was a great guy. >> we think of him and you write about the adventures you two had. you were in jamaica and went kayaking. you almost lost your lives. >> we did. it was scary, yes. >> was he a reckless guy then? >> you know, i never thought of him as reckless. i liked the word you used -- adventurous. he was curious, eager, wanted to try new things. i think he knew that you do things in your 20s -- certainly i did -- that you may not do now. we were young. we thought we were invincible. >> his mom, you write about his mom and their relationship. what was their relationship? what was your relationship to her? >> well, we were very close.
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i adored her. she was just so encouraging. she fwaef me a great deal of confidence. i aspired to the grace she had. she would come see me in plays and when i was on television she would watch. with john, it was wonderful to be around them. they had a really special bond. she delighted in stories -- when he would tell stories at the dinner table at martha's vineyard. he made her laugh. >> did you get the sense that she would have liked you two to get married? did you even come close? >> we did. we talked about it. i guess we weren't that young, but we parted ways when we were 30. it was a sense of, oh, that
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would always happen. sometimes life takes a different turn. we drifted apart. >> you talk openly about the other women that came into his life. darryl hannah, you mentioned, at one point. is that what broke you up? >> it wasn't, no. there was a period where we were taking a break. yes, that did go on. but, no. in looking back, no, that's not what i think. and then looking back to be honest what i remember is how wonderful he was. i think many women have a love that may not work out but you still carry a piece of them in your heart. i think that's a good thing. i certainly don't live in the past, but i wanted to write about this. a friend of his recently called me. he'd read the book and he said, you know, it's a beautiful tribute to john. it's your story, but a beautiful tribute. it made him remember how sad he
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was when john died but also reminded him what a special person he was. it's good to remember those we love. >> it's a lovely book. thank you for joining us this morning. the book is called "come to the edge." up next, the town side of social networking. is your teenager suffering from facebook depression? that's right after this. teacher he's impulsive in class. m his and his inattention makes focusing on homework tough. i know how it is because my son has adhd too. i didn't know all i could do to help manage his adhd. our doctor suggested a treatment plan with non-stimulant intuniv. [ male announcer ] once daily non-stimulant intuniv has been shown to reduce adhd symptoms. don't take if allergic to intuniv or are taking guanfacine. intuniv may cause serious side effects, such as low blood pressure, low heart rate, fainting, and sleepiness. intuniv may affect the ability to drive or use machinery.
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this morning on "parenting today" is your teenager suffering from something called facebook depression? tamron hall is here to explain that. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. roughly 75% of teenagers use social networking sites. almost a quarter admit to logging on more than ten times a day. while much good can come from connecting with family and friends online, a new report from the american academy of pediatrics warns it can also harm at-risk kids. chances are your teenager is on facebook, checking on their friends' status updates and who is in a new relationship. helen warren and her friends admit to spending a lot of time online. >> everyone is on facebook. >> reporter: now there are emotional ups and downs to staying connected. >> it can be a let-down in you go on and no one cares about you. >> you're opening it up to everybody being able to see what you're doing and hurt you. >> things on facebook can hurt you or change your mood.
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>> reporter: it's that sentiment that led the american academy of pediatrics to issue guidelines for doctors to deal with the psychological impact of social media on teens. the report emphasize that is the virtual world can have a very real impact on the self-esteem of a teenager because a large part of the generation's social development is occurring on the internet. for a teenager prone to depression, social media can make it worse. >> not your typical moody teenager. these are kids who have a tendency toward depression or anxiety who spend time online with facebook and it augments the symptoms. >> reporter: the report indicates social media can isolate teens and provide a forum for bullying. in fact, over one-third of teens admit to making fun of classmates online. helen's mom can see how facebook might be harmful. >> if you were a kid subjected to bullying or marginalized at
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all, you could really feel excluded. >> reporter: what do parents need to know? >> the best way of viewing the online world is as part of our world, not a separate entity. we have to focus on technology as much as sports and music so they understand using facebook. >> unexpert noted that parents shouldn't get the idea that using social networking site wills infect their kids with depression, but say it's something to look out for. matt? >> we are joined by dr. lisa thornton, a pediatrician. nice to see you. we love labels in this country. we are calling this, probably unfairly, facebook depression. it's really saying that social media can have a negative impact while it can still have a positive impact. >> that's right. the report from the american academy of pediatrics made one small paragraph within the entire report, this facebook
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depression. it's important to note that this isle really happening to kids who already have issues. but even tiypical kids can be affected by what's going on in social media sites. one little thing can be said that spreads like ripples in a pond and people start posting and suddenly it's part of that persona. >> when i was a kid if another kid walked up to me at the playground and said something nasty, it hurt, but it was only a momentary interaction. then i was home. the problem with social media is they spend so much time on it, it can be repeated hour after hour, day after day. >> something that was small becomes big. it's important for parents to tune in to their child's emotional -- be a barometer for your child's emotions to note if your child didn't leave the house but has been on the computer and has a mood change to explore what's going on there. >> social media, allow your kids
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to make it a part of their lives but not too big a part of their lives. >> right. the american academy of pediatrics recommends no more than two hours of screen time per day which is hard. i know how difficult that is. it's important to make it one of many things they do to socialize. it can be positive but also damaging. >> make sure your kids are sharing the right kinds of messages. discretion is important. >> parents really have to focus in on that. these days what is discretion to those of us that are older is not discretion to the younger generation. if your children are posting things that seem inappropriate and hurtful you need to rein them in. >> and probably the children experiencing the depression probably had a tendency toward it in the first place. >> that's right. >> thank you very much. appreciate it. it's 25 after the hour. just ahead the women of "today"
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look back at our first 60 years. first, your local news and weather. >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am a mindy basara. let's get a final check on the morning commute with sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> a few things delay-wise to add to the list. russell street, accident howard street and m.l.k., approaching reisterstown road, heavy delays due to accident blocking the lane at their. 15 miles per hour on average to the west side stretch. leading up to 20 knot on i-70,
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looking at a slow-go. good news is 95 is improving in the southbound direction. 295 southbound, not the case. of's give you a live view traffic in a couple spots, starting with old court first. those are inner loop delays you are looking. we will switch to a live view at 80 area of caton avenue southbound. you are looking at delays there. tony, over to you. >> clear skies right now, sunshine to start the day. a little on the chilly side, but not bad at the present time. 34 at the airport. the forecast for today, mostly sunny. we will sneak into the low 50s this afternoon, still below average, but better than yesterday. next couple of days, not some iced. a chance for light rain or snow each day going into the weekend, with high temperatures staying in the 40's.
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we hope to pick out of this pattern by early next week. monday, high temperature of 57. >> we will have another update at 8:55.
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we are back now at 8:30 on a tuesday morning. it's the 29th day of march, 2011. yes, it's a chilly one in the northeast. lots of parts of the country dealing with sub-seasonal temperatures. but, you know, we have a nice crowd on the plaza.
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we have lots of sports fans around. happy they are with us. on the plaza i'm matt lauer with meredith vieira and ann curry. just ahead, as we mentioned, we have the countdown continuing to the royal wedding. >> how many days now? >> 31, we think. >> how many? 31. >> we think. >> we are headed to london and we are not the only ones. what is london doing to prepare? what can you expect when planning a trip to england? that's all coming up. >> also this morning, you have baked for bake sales? >> i have. many, many times. >> really? sometimes we make one that's a winner and sometimes not. we always win with sandra lee. she has advice on how to kick it up a notch and make money for a great cause. >> absolutely. >> also we continue the celebration of 60 years of "today." this morning the women of
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"today" talk about their proud history on the program. first can we say hello to justin, the latest contestant voted off "biggest loser couples." >> good to see you. >> you started out at 365 pounds. what do you weigh now? >> about 220. >> 140-something pounds? >> yeah. >> unbelievable. how do you feel? >> i feel great. it's awesome. feels really good and it's exciting. i have learned how to do it. it made a difference in my life. >> you do it well, i can tell. your teammate was the olympic gold medalist rulon gardner. do you think you had an advantage? >> he would make anybody have an advantage. we became our own people and separated. we were each motivated in our own direction. it was nice to have him there.
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i had to experience it myself. it was fun. >> you look like an entirely different person. part of it is because you didn't know how you looked until you did this program. when you realized, what was the moment? describe it. >> you know -- it hits you and you're like, i have been telling myself a lie. you have to change, do something different. when i realized i don't care who's looking. i'm going to do everything i need to do to get where i needed to go. it changed my life. >> you talk about watching the show last year, sitting home watching it and starting to cry because you realized you were heavier than the contestants you were watching on the show. that was a big moment for you. >> yeah. it's surreal. you're like, wow. what do i do? you look for answers. >> now you're hanging out with
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your kids, able to do things. >> you run a gym. >> yeah. we go to the gym, hang out with the kids. you know, help people out, teaching them, you know, hey, this is what i did. having people come um and ask questions motivates me. >> you look great. congratulations. >> thank you. i appreciate you guys. >> you can check out "biggest loser couples" tonight on nbc at 8:00/7:00 central. >> let's check on the weather with maria la rosa in for al. >> good morning, guys. we have a great spring break crowd. where are you from? >> ohio. i'm done with the snow in ohio. >> hopefully. >> i think you are definitely in company. let's see where the snow is today. we have a few flurries through the mid mississippi valley. lower mississippi valley we could see severe weather. damaging winds and heavy
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rainfall from texas to alabama. more rain and mountain snows in the northwest. >> off to a chilly start this tuesday. it is going to turn out to be a nice day. a few showerclouds expected. meredith, back to you. >> maria, thank you very much. having a good time? tell me you are! >> yes! >> okay. up next, we celebrate the women of "today." first this is "today" on nbc.
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♪ back now at 8:37 with more of our special series, "60 years of today" as we count down to our 60th anniversary. >> we wanted to look back at the role of women on this program. >> and also used to be known as "today" girls, meredith. maybe we have come a long way. >> mr. president, what do you think is the correct role for a washington wife? >> i cannot imagine elizabeth taylor being told by a man that i have work to do, honey, go up and watch tv. >> kuwait has been invaded by iraq. >> people hear that, taxpayers and they are frustrated. >> a time when women were not allowed to do much more than be window dressing in morning television. >> and to the prettiest two eyes
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in television. give them a look there. >> i didn't know they had "today" girls. you would never see that today. it was a sign of the times. florence henderson was a "today" girl. >> she was pregnant. they would hide her behind palm trees and desks. americans were squeamish, prudish or something. >> barbara walters was the first woman who hosted "today." she was a trail tblazer. you see she wasn't allowed to interview any of the major newsmakers. she would do the more feature-y segments. >> good morning, barbara. >> there was a moment when she interviewed richard nixon. that was one of the seminole moments for the show. >> by the 1970s a great deal changed for women and it was reflected on "today." there were no interviews i was
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denied. in 1974 i was made the first female co-host of a morning program. ever since then every woman who has been on has been a co-host. i didn't wave any flags, burn my bra. if there is something i'm proud of it's that occasion. >> barbara paved the way for women on this show without a doubt. jane had her pregnancy on this show which was something that so many women could relate to. >> bill cosby was on. i remember him referring to the big purple ball and it was obvious he was talking about jane pauley. >> bill wanted the purple ball to join us. >> i was the most visible pregnant woman in north america. i think my pregnancy was unprecedented in television. >> katie had a colonoscopy and saved lives. >> it's a pretty colon.
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>> i did this and i think people thought i was nuts. after it aired there was a 20% increase in kolcolonoscopy. >> now ann, natalie and i have a chance, too. it's a legacy you can have. >> there's been a strong succession of women that lasted all the way through to meredith today in that primary role. these women, one after another, have helped pave the way for the women who come after. >> have i ever referred to either of you as a big purple ball? i would be taken out of here on a stretcher. sometimes have changed. >> when you realize it hasn't been that much time since they had the "today" show girls to where we are now. >> it's been a blur. to think of that degree of
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sexism that lasted into the '70s. that's a long time. things have changed dramatically. >> what change would you like to see next, dear? >> i love that. we have lived wit forever! >> i need this job. i think it's amazing. fun to look back at the history and the people. look at the people who have been part of the show. >> great legacy. >> i have two great ones next to me here. up next, one month and counting. what london is doing to prepare for the royal wedding. first, this is "today" on nbc. we download about four free songs a month. i play online poker two nights a week. my fiancee shops online about an hour a day. we're exposing ourselves to web viruses that could obliterate our finances and leave our future together a bleak and tortured existence. [ laughs nervously ] i got it covered. we switched to kaspersky.
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♪ back at 8:44 as we count down to the royal wedding. we are just one month away. what can you expect as you head to london for that big day? celia walden is a columnist for the daily telegraph.
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kate maxwell is from conde nast and simon smith is from british airways who is sponsoring the contest. a month away. this will be the global event of the year most likely. is london ready? >> absolutely. it will be such a festive occasion. there will be bunting everywhere, union jacks, statues around westminster being polished especially for the occasion. it's wonderful for london. >> i was there a couple of weeks ago and people said, you americans are making more of this than we are. are the brits starting to get excited? celia? >> yes. i think they are. we were quite cynical. we have a tendency to be cynical to begin with. everyone really likes william and kate. there's nothing not to like. gradually the most cynical of us are thinking this will be a good
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day. plus, those who don't want to be here because of the bank holidays can get 11 days off for the price of three which is perfect. >> everybody's happy. >> exactly. >> i understand some londoners are considering renting out their places. one real estate website said one in four folks in london are considering it. is it surprising to you? do you know anyone renting out the home? >> i have a couple of friends in london doing that. it's something london will do for big occasions like wimbledon. there is a site where you can find anything from a bedroom to a townhouse. >> if you go to london and you want to get around i would imagine cabs are expensive. best way to go is public transportation? >> yeah. the cab is an experience everyone should have in london, just to talk to the cab by. these guys know everything about london. go on the tube, talk to londoners. this will be a day when
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londoners open up. the brits are known for being reserved and we'll let our hair down on the 29th. >> that's good to know. lots of parties that day. if you can't get to the site you can crash a party somewhere else in the city. >> there will be parties everywhere. i would advise anyone going to london that day to go to a pub. there are a lot of pubs in london. every pub will have a great party. that's a way to soak up the atmosphere. >> we're talking about the big day and we know kate is arriving by rolls royce from buckingham palace that morning. she'll travel to westminster and leave in a carriage. obviously people would love to be along the route. where is the best place to be? >> i think it's madness really to expect to be along the parade route. there will be 2 million people along 1 1/2 miles. it will be unbelievable crammed. my advice is to go high. find places like the park lane hotel where you can go to the restaurant on top and have a
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nice meal for $50 or $70 and watch the whole thing from relative comfort. >> would you recommend that people stay outside the city, do you think? rather than inside the city? >> if money is an object, stay as centrally as you can. but if it is, stay an hour outside the city. in a county like where kate middleton's parents live or surrey or kent. you can take the trab in the morning. >> -- train in the morning. >> you know so much about security. do we expect a lot along the parade route? we won't have metal detectors, i wouldle assume. >> not at all. security will be well thought through. i think we should think of it as a great day of celebration and a party. the emphasis will be on people enjoying themselves no matter where they have come from in the world. >> if you are there over the weekend there is plenty to do, so stay put. >> right. >> thank you. up next, sandra lee's recipes to
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impress at your next bake sale. first this is "today" on nbc. mr. perdue!
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fund-raising. >> if you are looking for the perfect recipe to fly off the table "semi-home made" queen sandra lee has the secret. why a bake sale cookbook? >> this cookbook specifically was created for the great american bake sale which is the share our strength and no kid hungry campaign. 50% goes to that and also feeding america and the food banks. this one is savory and sweet. these are snacks, lunches or dinners and a little sweet something-something. >> when i think bake sale i don't think about our first recipe. you will make focaccia. most people think of brownies and cup cakes. >> you're making it. >> you help me. >> this is pizza dough. >> store bought. >> you can serve it as a side dish or take it for a nice lunch. you can put on meat, vegetables, great things. in here -- ready? >> yeah.
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>> you have pizza dough laid out. this is what it looks like. take your fork and fork all of this. >> what do you mean? >> putle ho holes in it. you bake it for -- >> you have to be careful what you describe on live television. >> that's good. >> now what? >> olive oil. >> brush? >> no. more forking. >> more forking. >> italian seasoning. two teaspoons. mix it up. >> okay. just pour it on, matt. one tomato, look at this. goes on. if you want onions, pieces of chicken. it's really good. >> olives would be nice. ancho anchovy. >> pop it in the oven for about 25 minutes.
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>> all right. >> moving on, i'm making a brownie. >> you are. you are making chocolate -- excuse me. chocolate brownies. first thing is use what's in the pantry. chocolate cake mix and brown sugar. >> mix it with this? >> a little bit. but you have more to add. >> melted butter. this is a stick. then you have nutella. >> oh, god. >> what is that? >> it's fake chocolate. >> no, it's chocolate hazelnut spread. >> you can do the eggs. i will finish this. it's a very thick batter. two eggs. >> can you use white ifs you want to? >> you can. that's an ann recipe. we have a white chocolate macadamia cake made with egg whites. >> and the hazelnuts?
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>> dump them in. >> this goes into the pan. >> and comes out as -- >> as brownies. >> look at those. 25, 30 minutes again, 350 degrees on the oven. >> you made a beautiful macadamia -- go ahead. >> by the way, you can serve it with or without icing. i have seven recipes from scratch for icing. this is more nutella, powdered sugar and eh cream. >> it looks beautiful and luscious. >> thank you very much. >> now to the macadamia nut cake. we have cream cheese frosting in a minute but what's this? >> white chocolate pudding, white cake mix. then coconut milk in as the liquid. >> it's easy because you're mixing it all together. you cook it with fresh macadamia. >> and white chocolate chips. >> okay, perfect. how about this frosting. >> here it is.
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matt had his finger in there already. >> there was something in it that i needed to get out. >> it's beautiful except for this fingerprint mark. >> if you were using canned icing, put in vanilla to make sure it didn't taste like canned icing. to make it from scratch is simple. a brick of cream cheese, a stick of butter and two cups of powdered sugar. >> i love canned icing though. >> it is good. but fresh cream cheese frosting is unbeatable. >> i make it from scratch and i'm sandra lee. >> so you frost it on top. >> put your nuts in there. pour that over the top and just make beautiful swirls with the spatula. >> i will do that. >> 165 beautiful easy recipes in this book. >> this looks great.
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sandra lee, the bake sale cookbook. for more head to our website. >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. a guilty plea for the woman accused of setting a fire that injured an elderly woman and a baltimore city firefighter last april. britney garcia pleaded guilty to starting a fire at the building where the father of her son live. she faces up to 15 years in prison when she is sentenced in shawn johnson is also behind bars after he reportedly
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>> now let's look at the forecast with tony pann. >> we are off to a chilly start, but it should be a nice afternoon. temperatures will make it into the low 50s later on today. below average, but better than yesterday. couple of days, not so nice. just a light rain or snow each day, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday. we don't expect much in the wake of the accumulation. hopefully we will get warmer next week. >> thank you for joining us. we will have another weather update at 9:25.
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NBC March 29, 2011 7:00am-9:00am EDT

News/Business. Christina Haag, Sandra Lee. (2011) Royal wedding; 'The Biggest Loser' update; author Christina Haag; chef Sandra Lee. New. (CC) (Stereo)

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